The best things to do in Noosa this spring

As the days grow longer and warmer, there’s a sense of rejuvenation and vibrance in the air in Noosa – spring has arrived, and along with it, the promise of blooming flowers, warmer evenings, and the opportunity to become fully immersed in the stunning natural surrounds and spectacular outdoor spaces of the Noosa region. This little coastal paradise is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, lush national parks, and majestic waterways that snake through the heart of the region. The laidback vibes and vibrant community life make Noosa the beloved holiday destination that it is. If you’re looking for the perfect spring getaway to escape the city and routines of the everday, plan a getaway to Noosa and get back into balance. Come along on a journey with us as we discover the best things to experience this spring in Noosa!

Explore the biosphere

Did you know, Noosa is a designated UNESCO Biosphere? It is a designation that recognises the harmonious balance between people and nature, which has been a long and hard-fought battle in Noosa, to protect the town from overdevelopment. There are so many ways to immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings when you visit Noosa. Some of our favourites include exploring the vast Noosa National Park and catching a wave at the stunning coves, taking a meander up the Noosa River aboard an eco-picnic boat, and relaxing on the long stretches of white sand beaches around Noosa, Sunshine Beach, or Peregian Beach.

Retreat to the bush

Just a 30-minute drive from the heart of Noosa, discover some of Noosa's best natural features, dotted around the lakeside community of Boreen Point, nestled on the edges of Queensland's largest saltwater lake, Lake Cootharaba. From here, experience old-world Australiana vibes at The Apollonian Hotel, which serves counter meals and icy cold local beers on tap. Just around the corner, surrounded by dense native bushland, Habitat Noosa is a stunning bush retreat that consists of powered and unpowered campsites (some located on the lake edge), rustic cabins, and luxury glamping tents, with the onsite Cootharaba Bistro serving house-brewed craft beer and a casual bistro menu of woodfired pizzas and pub favourites. It is also the best jumping-off point to explore the majestic waterways and wetlands of the nearby Noosa Everglades - one of only two everglades’ systems on earth, and the home to over one-third of all Australian bird species - by boat, canoe, or kayak (try Everglades Eco Safaris for guided boating expeditions, or Kanu Kapers for self-guided kayak tours).

Surf the Noosa World Surfing Reserve

Noosa is a surf town from way back, and surf culture is something that still pumps through the veins of the town. Noosa is also the designated 10th World Surfing Reserve, which recognises the towns’ outstanding surf environment, and the mission is to share, preserve and protect the waves of the Noosa World Surfing Reserve for generations to come. There are breaks for surfers of all levels in Noosa, and surf schools at the ready, with many beginners heading to the gently breaking waves of the Noosa Groyne, and more experienced surfers ticking off Noosa’s famed 5-points – a selection of epic, world-class sandy breaks including at First Point and Tea Tree Bay. Read our full guide to surfing the Noosa World Surfing Reserve.

Experience a world-class event

In November, the iconic Noosa Triathlon roars into town, for the 40th anniversary celebration of the beloved, world-class event. Experience five jam-packed days of fun and challenging events, which culminates in Sunday’s triathlon – the largest Olympic distance triathlon in the world. Entries to the marquee event sold out early, but there are still plenty of events to get involved with over the week to push your limits, or just have a bit of fun, while you soak up the festival atmosphere. Don't miss Friday's ASICS Noosa Breakfast Fun Run in support of the McGrath Foundation, or the Superkidz Triathlon. Read our Ultimate Noosa Triathlon guide here.

Tackle the Noosa Biosphere Trails

Recently updated and reimagined, the Noosa Biosphere Trails (formerly known as the Noosa Trail Network) is one of the lesser-known jewels in Noosa’s natural environment. Crisscrossing the vast expanse of the Noosa Hinterland, the tracks, trails and roads of the Noosa Biosphere Trails can be experienced on foot, by bike (mountain bikes or e-bikes are ideal), or even on horseback! There are several local mountain bike hire destinations that can get you set up to explore or jump on a guided tour to really experience the region, with Bike On or Spoke N Trail, or read our guide to the best way to tackle the trails.

Hinterland dreaming

Not only delightful for warming winter adventures, the Noosa Hinterland also blooms into life in the spring, with stunning rolling hills and greenery all around. Don’t miss the spring natives and exotic florals at the Noosa Botanic Garden, located on the outer edges of Cooroy, or the floral-infused distilled gins and vodkas at the rustic, locals favourite, Pomona Distilling Co, in Pomona. Explore the quaint, tiny towns of Kin Kin, Pinbarren and beyond. Or challenge your physical limits with a climb up the imposing Mount Cooroora, or a quick ramble up the easier Mt Tinbeerwah, which both offer 360-degree coast-to-hinterland views.